Izvestiya, Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics

, Volume 44, Issue 1, pp 33–44 | Cite as

Similarity parameters and a centrifugal convective instability of horizontally inhomogeneous circulations of the Hadley type



The stability of the zonal axisymmetric quasi-geostrophic hydrostatic solution to the equations of atmospheric dynamics that is determined by the horizontal temperature gradient is studied. Time-dependent regions of unstable solutions specified by the Rayleigh number describe ordinary convective (baroclinic) processes and the long-term weak growth of disturbances under the action of the centrifugal forces arising from the Earth’s rotation. Comparison with a centrifugal hydrodynamic instability is made. The spatiotemporal structure of the corresponding geophysical fields is described.


Rayleigh Number Oceanic Physic Asymptotic Form Instability Region Baroclinic Instability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Oboukhov Institute of Atmospheric PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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